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Since its inception, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) has worked toward its goal of changing the lives of children with cancer by funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help find a cure for childhood cancer. As part of its mission, ALSF continues to look for new ways to support families and medical teams as they treat childhood cancer.
In order to identify all possible treatment options, ALSF has created a more hands-on approach to clinical trial navigation. While families can search ClinicalTrials.gov for FDA-approved clinical trials, the database can be complicated and overwhelming. ALSF is addressing this challenge and announcing the first ever, non-virtual clinical trials navigator position to identify available pediatric oncology trials.
This free service works directly with childhood cancer families and medical teams to find trials within the United States and Canada focused on the child’s particular diagnosis and cancer genomics. ALSF’s Clinical Trials Navigator acts as a liaison between the trial contacts and the family or medical team. The goal is to reduce confusion and speed up the process of identifying and enrolling a child in a trial. ALSF’s navigation service takes this burden of searching for trials off families and medical professionals so they are able to focus their time on caring for the patient.
“There are so many factors that make a huge difference in what the search results will be,” said Brenna Carswell, ALSF’s Clinical Trial Navigator. “With the quick pace of trials opening and closing, it is hard for people to keep up. ALSF can be the trusted source who can take care of the leg work to make sure the trial information is accurate.” For more information or to contact the Clinical Trials Navigator, visit AlexsLemonade.org/Clinical-Trials or call 866-333-1213.